Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest

Luxury Boutique Hotel with Central Location

Address: Október 6. utca 26., next to Szabadság Square

The Iberostar Grand Hotel is a quite new luxury boutique hotel in downtown Budapest close to Szabadság Square in he business district of the city, the Parliament, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Danube and other top attractions.

  • Boldly designed rooms on several levels, most of them with a fine view of the park adjacent to the hotel,
  • helpful, knowledgeable staff,
  • a first rate restaurant and
  • a small spa are the highlights of the fairly new accommodation by the Spanish Iberostar hotel chain group.

Why Stay?

It is a rather small hotel with only 50 rooms so the atmopshere is quite friendly. Add to it the Spanish staff’s hospitality and zest for life, the impeccable rooms and service, and you’ve found a winner in the Budapest accommodation market.

You can conveniently discover the landmarks by walk but there’s also a metro station (M3, blue line, Arany J. utca station) near the hotel should you want to get to farther parts of the city.

Besides the premier location, other highlights of the hotel are:
the hotel and the fountain at Szabadsag Square in summer

  • the sleek, modern design combined with 21-st century amenities,
  • professional, attentive service
  • comfortable, large rooms
  • a spa and fitness centre
  • a fine restaurant with international cuisine

Rooms in the Iberostar Grand Hotel Budapest

a tree lined walkway in the park
Szabadság tér Park – a refreshing green oasis in the city centre

The hotel has 50 rooms on 5 levels with round the clock room service, TV, phone, coffee and tea maker, minibar, pillow selection, iPod Docking Station, highspeed wireless internet.

Beds are either king size or two single beds with comfortable pillows. All rooms have separate toilette from the bathroom.

Room prices vary according to season and special holidays.

  • Standard Atrium Rooms: a 35 sqm room with shower – Price:110 EUR/night/person
  • Double Superior: 40 sqm: it has a bathroom with shower and bathtub. Price: 130 EUR/night/person
  • a double roomDouble Excecutive: 45 and 72 sqm with king size or two single beds with shower in the bathroom Price: 180 EUR/night/person:
  • Double Deluxe: 45 sqm with king size bed shower and bathtub. Price: 200 EUR/night/person
  • Junior Suite: 58 and 72 sqm with king size bed shower and bathtub. Price: 255 EUR/night/person
TIP: Specify that you want a room with a window if you don’t want to feel claustrophobic (Standard Atrium, which are the cheapest rooms, don’t have window). Rooms on higher levels overlooking the lovely Szabadság square are the best.

Spa and Fitness Centre

Iberostar Grand Hotel BudapestWellness services are essential parts of luxury hotels in Budapest, and the Iberostar Grand Hotel doesn’t fall short on them either although it is on the smallish side.

You can relax in a Jacuzzi (seats 12 people), sauna and steam room.

Eating

The Borkakas Restaurant offers nouveau Hungarian cuisine paired with fine and local wines. You can enjoy your meal and watch the busy life of the city centre on the terrace.

terrace of the hotel's Restaurant on Szabadsag ter
The Terrace of Borkakas Restaurant

What Travellers Say?

On the Plus Side:
  • Excellent location in the city centre, yet quite and peaceful area, nice park at Szabadság Square, lots of restaurants and cafes,
  • fabulous rooms with gorgeous bathroom
  • efficient, friendly staff
Some Negatives:
  • Pay attention to ask for a room with a view when you make your reservation. Some rooms face inside and don’t have window, obviously these are the cheapest rooms.
  • Breakfast is a bit expensive and not substantial enough (according to some reviewers)

Things to Do Suggestions

kids enjyoing the cool spray from the fountainStepping out of the hotel you find yourself at Szabadság tér flanked by imposing buildings and the Russian Memorial in the middle.

The park is a green gem in downtown Budapest with sycamore tree-lined walkways, two playgrounds and a terraced cafe called Hütte that besides, coffee and drinks also serves decent bistro meals.

The square hosts the Mangalica gastro festival each February (12-14. February in 2016) as well as Farmers’ market on Friday mornings.

The playful fountain attracts both kids and adults on hot summer days.

front view of the parliamentThe Hungarian Parliament building and its new Visitor Centre is just a short walk to the north from the hotel.

TIP: Book a ticket to visit the interior and the Holy Crown of King St. Stephen. (Recommended if you don’t want to queue at the ticket office) .

You can also just take a stroll around the vast building or relax on a bench in the park.

See the must-see sights of the city on a cruise on the Danube.

There are several boat tours to choose from depending whether you want to have a meal or just drinks, music, do it during the day or at night.

Walk across the Chain Bridge (around 8-10 minutes by walk from the hotel) then head up to Buda Castle, stroll along the charming streets, visit Matthias Church, admire the view from Fishermen’s Bastion, have a coffee or light lunch in the handful restaurants and cafes there.

Summary

The Iberostar Grand Hotel in Budapest is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway, a business trip, family celebration or other occasions.

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